New Policy Brief: Expanding Pathways to Licensure for Internationally Trained Physicians in Ontario

The World Education Services (WES) in collaboration with Internationally Trained Physicians of Ontario (ITPO), has recently produced a brief which examines the stakeholder commitments, policy changes, and investments required to fully integrate internationally trained physicians (ITPs) into the Ontario health care workforce.

The brief details three measures that could help address the physician shortage in Ontario:

  • Implementing Practice Ready Assessment for ITPs in Ontario
  • Expanding access to medical residency training for ITPs
  • Enabling pathways for ITPs to practice as Clinical Assistants (CA) under a defined class of registration with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO)

These three measures, if implemented at an appropriate scale, would result in enhanced equity in healthcare delivery; improve patient health and well-being; contribute to better use of health human resources; reduce the persistent underutilization of medical skills; and result in health cost savings.

For more information about this brief, please visit this page where you can also request downloading the full report.

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